Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Blue Devil

My husband came home with this book for our boys.

My oldest has been toting it around with him and telling me all the wonderful things in its pages. I'm not allowed to read's for boys. Together the two of them found this page.

They decided the best way to spend a Saturday was to make go-cart, so off to the hardware store they went.

They came home with most of the supplies, my husband never gets everything the first time, but it only took two more trips before they had all the parts they needed.

You can't build anything unless you have power tools and

a PEZ dispenser.

Let's take a station break to talk about shoes that are not allowed in my house because they smell like a dead body. If I see them in my house one more time it will only be because the boy wearing them has decided he no longer wants to participate among the living!

But, these are cute little boy shoes, they can come in the house and tromp around and beg for candy and crawl on my bed and then flop down and scream until the cows come home, but their so cute that you can't help but love them.

And now back to our regular scheduled programming. Here's how you make a go-cart, you will need:
Some Wood, 4 wheels, tools, a boy and a man, some old paint and a hardware store.
Hammer some stuff, drill the wood, slap on the wheels...

Paint it blue and name it The Blue Devil.

Then ride it down the drive way and crash.....several times.


Anonymous said...



april said...

Thanks Mark, I think Clay heard the authors being interviewed on NPR, so he bought the book.

Anonymous said...

I requested that book at the library just last week. That go-cart looks like fun. :)

hope4grace said...

That could only have been better by adding video of the maiden journey! How awesome, what a good family project.

Anonymous said...

That go cart is way cool. The sneakers are way cool. April, you is waaaay cool too.

We had to make a detour through CANADA last year so we could buy this book. (British Edition) My husband was insistent. I think it appeals to the daddys even more than the boys. Our boybarian has spent hours with this book. Especially the project with the match/rockets. Hours in the backyard lighting matches and tweaking the rockets.

He now has a tree fort. lashed together, no nails or screws, as that would be cheating! Can you believe the U.S. publisher wanted to change the title?! Hello, this is the "steal this book" of our boys generation!

Kate from HearthKeepers.

Anonymous said...

My mother, esteemed grandmother of my two lovely boys, bought this book for us. I have peeked; it's great. And yes, sometimes dangerous.

Rechelle said...

Holly crap balls...Holly crap balls...Holly crap balls!

Crunchy Chicken said...

Tell that architect husband of yours to quit showboating his mad construction skillz and making the rest of us look bad.

april said...

I have video of the first rides, I'll try to get them on here.

april said...

Rechelle, go suck an egg...a holly egg.

Babette said...

Dangerously fun post!

I could almost smell your lovely Missouri day from the last photo. I am immune to bad shoe smells at this point.

That is one handsome bunch you live with, April. Nicely done! ;~)

P~ said...

I had never even heard of this book, but with three boys in our house at 12 and under we went that day to the bookstore... SOLD OUT!
We'll find it though, great post!

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

HAHA!!! I got the LAST ONE at our Wal-Mart this week. I'm giving it to my 2 year old son. Of course -- he'll have to share it with my soon to be 6yo and 8yo sons, and their dad!


Now -- going to go read the other comments.

Nice to see we have the same taste in books! ;)

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

After reading that -- I realized that probably Wal-Mart has a trillion on the shelf today... who am I to think I'd be so lucky to get the last one on the face of the earth?